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1 From TAKS to STAAR Grades 3-6 Parent Information April 2012

2 What is STAAR? State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness Replaces the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) Will assess the content standards at a greater depth and at a higher level of complexity than TAKS Ultimate goal is to graduate students who are college and career ready.

3 Content Standards - TEKS STAAR will test the content standards called the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). The TEKS have been divided into the following standards: READINESS standards SUPPORTING standards Process Skills have also been identified in Social Studies, Math, and Science. These will be tested with the content standards (Readiness or Supporting).

4 Readiness vs. Supporting Standards Readiness Standards Are essential for success in the current grade or course Are important for preparedness for the next grade or course Support college and career readiness Address broad and deep concepts, skills, and ideas Supporting Standards Although introduced and/or reinforced in the current grade or course, they may be emphasized in a subsequent year. They play a role in preparing students for the next grade or course but not a central role. They address more narrowly defined ideas.

5 Readiness vs. Supporting Standards 100% 90% 80% 70% 60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 70% 30% 35% 65% 0% % of Assessed Curriculum % of TEKS Tested on STAAR Readiness Supporting

6 STAAR Elementary Grades and Subjects Grades 3 and 6 Mathematics Reading Grade 4 Mathematics Reading Writing Grade 5 Mathematics Reading Science

7 STAAR Compared to TAKS Four hour time limit. More questions at most grade levels and subjects Reading Greater emphasis on critical analysis (inferences) than to literal understanding. Writing Required to write two essays Test given over two days.

8 STAAR Compared to TAKS Mathematics and Science Number of open-ended (griddable) items will increase 75% of questions will assess Content (Readiness or Supporting Standard ) and Process Skill.

9 Performance Categories Level I: Unsatisfactory Academic Performance Level II: Satisfactory Academic Performance Level III: Advanced Academic Performance

10 Student Success Initiative Requirements for : Grades 3 8 will not have performance standards (i.e. passing rate) in place by Spring No State SSI requirements for the school year. Promotion decisions based on TEC (a), "a student may be promoted only on the basis of academic achievement or demonstrated proficiency of the subject matter of the course or grade level. STATE SSI Requirements return in

11 How will grade promotion be determined in VISD for ? State / Local assessment scores Teacher recommendations Student grades Other local district requirements (i.e. attendance)

12 Elementary Testing Dates Tuesday, March 27 Grade 4 Writing (Day 1) and Grade 5 Math Wednesday, March 28 Grade 4 Writing (Day 2) and Grade 5 Reading Tuesday, April 24 Grade 3,4, 6 Math Wednesday, April 25 Grade 3, 4, 6 Reading Thursday, April 26 Grade 5 Science

13 How are we preparing for STAAR? District- and Campus-Level Professional Development Curriculum Collaboration & Alignment Instructional Materials & Resources Local Policy and Regulation Revisions Parent Information on VISD Web Page

14 What can you do? Communicate regularly with your child s teacher or principal. Ask if there are exercises that can be done at home to help reinforce what your child is learning in preparation for the STAAR test. Familiarize yourself with the test and go over sample questions with your child. Emphasize the importance of participating in school daily.

15 What can you do? Know the STAAR testing schedule and avoid making appointments on that day, make sure your child gets adequate rest and eats a healthy breakfast on the morning of the test. Encourage your child to do his or her best. Express confidence that he or she will do well. Encourage your child to read a variety of all kinds (genres) of text: books of all kinds, magazines, newspapers, etc.

16 Online resources Texas Education Agency s STAAR website: Education Service Center Region XIII, Parent Information Videos: Education Service Center Region VII, STAAR Content Specific Information Videos

17 Grade 3 Math - Sample Question The table below shows Mrs. Fisher s supplies for her art class. How many bottles of glue and packs of paper does Mrs. Fisher have? Melissa had some money in her purse when she went to the mall with her mother. She spent $5 on a book. Then her mother gave her $10. After Melissa spent $2 on a snack, she had $23 in her purse. How much money did Melissa have in her purse when she first went to the mall? Mark your answer. A $26 B $17 C* $20 D $6

18 Grade 4 Math - Sample Question

19 Grade 5 Math - Sample Question

20 Grade 6 Math - Sample Question

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